External assessments for Digital Technologies

I recently reviewed the results for NCEA Digital technologies external assessments Level 1 (Year 11, Form 5). Seems that 50% of  students failed the Information Management(IM) assessment, a disproportionately larger number being boys. That is quite a high rate of failure.  As it turns out at WEGC we have well over 90% of students passing the IM assessment…fantastic, but it’s not like information management in practice is particularly hard.

A similar story for Level 2 (Year 12, Form 6).

We need to understand the reasons why so many fail if we are to improve success and retain participation levels (Recall students take options that have a reasonable chance of success ).

Potential reasons;

  1. New standards, teachers are still trying to understand expectations of NZQA.
  2. Teachers to not have sufficient knowledge to teach IM (being a programmer does not help).
  3. Students/Teachers failing to appreciate the new DT standards are NOT the older unit standards which are much easier.

 

 

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